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Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy 2013

 
Author(s): Howard J. Weg, Andrew P. DeNatale
Practice Area: Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Published: Dec 2013
PLI Item #: 42273
CHB Spine #: A964

With over 35 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency matters, Andrew DeNatale has served as counsel to a wide range of clients, including institutional lenders, unsecured creditors committees, individual creditors (both secured and unsecured), and debtors. He advises on a variety of matters, including major Chapter 11 proceedings, multinational bankruptcy cases and the structure and restructuring of corporate and financial transactions to eliminate or reduce insolvency-related or lender liability risks. Mr. DeNatale is also Head of the Firm’s Special Situations Lending Group.

Honors and Awards

Mr. DeNatale’s accomplishments have been recognized by a number of publications, including Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and New York Super Lawyers.  As noted by Chambers, Mr. DeNatale is “a smart and knowledgeable consensus builder” who “quickly recognizes the issues and goals of his clients and works hard to achieve them.”

Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Business Bankruptcy Committee
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, INSOL International
    • Former Chair, Technical Research Committee

Selected Activities

Mr. DeNatale has lectured on bankruptcy law for a variety of groups, including the American Bar Association and the Practising Law Institute. He has published extensively in such journals as The Business Lawyer, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, The Secured Lender, and Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, and such treatises as the Collier Bankruptcy Manual, the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide and Bankruptcy Practice and Strategy.

Admitted to Practice

New York, 1976; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1976; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1977; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1978; U.S. Supreme Court, 1979

Practice Group

Financial Restructuring
Financial Restructuring: Special Situations
Real Estate: Distressed Real Estate
Insurance Insolvency

Education

J.D., Fordham University, 1975

B.S., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, 1972


“Sophisticated restructurings and business bankruptcies are like a multidimensional chess game. Those who emerge successfully, know the players and the judges, and keep a keen eye on the endgame.”

FOCUS OF PRACTICE        

Restructuring and Business Bankruptcy

EXPERIENCE                   

In his representation of all constituents in business workouts and chapter 11 cases, Howard Weg leads clients in the value-driven resolution of the collective issues that arise in restructuring financially distressed businesses.

Mr. Weg’s experience includes prominent restructurings and chapter 11 cases, such as for the owners of “The Terminator” and other motion picture franchises and movie rights, restaurant franchises, the Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel, hotels and casinos, office buildings, industrial properties, hospitals and power companies. He represents parties involved in workouts and chapter 11 cases including:

  • Debtors and creditors
  • Committees
  • Licensees and licensors
  • Buyers and sellers
  • Investors
  • Counter parties to financial contracts

His industry experience spans from middle-market companies to major corporations in such sectors as power and energy, entertainment, film and TV, real estate, hospitality and quick service franchised restaurant operations.

An active leader in the bankruptcy bar, Mr. Weg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy and regularly leads programs at the Practising Law Institute in San Francisco and New York.

Mr. Weg’s professional leadership in the bankruptcy community includes serving as Regent for the Ninth Circuit for the American College of Bankruptcy prior to his election to its Board of Directors. He also served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Education Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, as well as serving on several committees of the American Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Weg is a past president and member of the board of governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference.

His numerous articles on bankruptcy, workouts and restructuring have appeared in the Commercial Law Journal, California Bankruptcy Court Reporter, Real Estate Law Journal, and Business Law News. He has been the featured speaker and panelist on programs hosted by the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Practising Law Institute, State Bar of California and Financial Lawyers Conference.

A graduate of Yale Law School, from which he earned his LL.M., Mr. Weg was named “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association. His additional professional recognitions include being named a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. 

BAR ADMISSIONS

California

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

State Bar of California, Member, Executive Committee, Business Law Section (1994-1997); Chair, Education Committee, Business Law Section (1993); Chair, 15th Annual Spring Program, Business Law Section (1993)

American Bar Association, Member, Business Bankruptcy Committee(1985-present)

American Bankruptcy Institute, Member (1985-present)

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow (2001- present); Regent for the Ninth Circuit (2008-2012)

Financial Lawyers Conference, Member, Board of Governors (1998-present); President (2003-2004)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/ LECTURES

Programs for the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Practising Law Institute, Financial Lawyers Conference, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, the Century City Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and other organizations.

RECOGNITION**

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America

Recognized as “Bankruptcy/Restructuring Leader” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003-present)

Named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers (2004-2014)

Named “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year,” Century City Bar Association (2003-2004)

**Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.

EDUCATION

Yale Law School, LL.M. (1980)

Southwestern Law School, J.D., cum laude (1979)

University of California – Los Angeles, B.A. (1976)